JUBILEE: I was shy teen queen for our street at event in 1953

JUBILEE: I was shy teen queen for our street at event in 1953

By Admin | 02/06/2022

JUBILEE: I was shy teen queen for our street at event in 1953

 

CORONATION Day was a bit of a washout for coronation queen June Stanley.

The Brinsworth resident revealed how she was a less-than-thrilled awkward teenager picked to represent her street in a borough-wide Civic event.

“Every street had a committee and my mum came back and said: ‘You are the queen’,” she recalled. “I was not too pleased about it.

“My mum insisted so I borrowed my auntie’s wedding dress — I don’t know where she got the crown from.

“It was throwing it down that day, so we went mad and got a taxi.

“At the Odeon, all the ‘queens’ had come down in our regalia and there was a showing of a film about the coronation. I remember the mayor and mayoress were there — a Mr and Mrs Duke.”

There was a fairly modest celebration afterwards, June (84) recalls. She said: “There was no party, so we all piled into mum’s front room and had a cup of tea and a bun.”

Despite her teenage reluctance, June, then of Ridgeway Close, East Herringthorpe, said she was now pleased to have been queen for the day.

“I think I was just too shy at the time, but I’m proud that I did it now,” she said.

June (left) said she planned to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by attending a party hosted by the Oddfellows at the Three Cranes pub.

“I do like to see the Queen,” she said.

“I always put my flags out for her.”

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